10 Exciting Events in Cape Town You Won’t Want to Miss this March

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Mark off your diaries now and close out the summer with the best events in Cape Town this March 2024. Before the leaves start turning golden and the evenings begin to grow just a little chilly, spend your remaining summer days outside, getting the most of what Cape Town has to offer.

This month, events on offer range from calm activities to fast-paced fun. These include dog-walking fundraisers, comedy specials, nostalgic slow jam concerts, upbeat musical festivals, movies under the stars, and more.

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Ultra: The world’s biggest annual electronic dance music (EDM) festival returns to South Africa

As far as March events go, this is the perfect festival for fast-paced music lovers who like to get-up-and-dance experience. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy a massive lineup featuring some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry.

Ultra showcases a diverse range of sub-genres within EDM, including house, techno, trance, dubstep, and more.

This year’s headliners include global sensations such as Skrillex, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Vintage Culture, W&W. Additional artists include heavy hitters such as Major League DJs, Kyle Watson, Timo ODV, MIA, Dean Fuel, and many more.

Cost: R995 – R1 200pp (General Admission) | R2 000 – R2 500pp (VIP), book online via Ultra South Africa.

When: 1 March, 12pm
Where: Hollywoodbets Racecourse,105 Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town

See our ultimate guide to music festivals in Cape Town

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RMB Starlight Classics: A diverse showcase of South African talent

The AfroSymphonic RMB Starlight Classics is a diverse showcase of South African talent, collaborating to create musical magic, embracing RMB’s commitment to the creative economy.

Hosted by maestro Richard Cock and co-hosted by TV and radio personality, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, this year’s dynamic programme, directed by Darren Hayward and musically directed by James Bassingthwaighte, boasts an impressive line-up, including the likes of Goitsemang Lehobye, Lunga Hallam, Zolani Mahola, Goodluck, Jo Black, Jimmy Nevis, and Gerhard Joubert.

Also featuring are the Cape Town Opera Chorus and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra with conductors, Brandon Philips and Chevonne Plaatjies.

Attendees should bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic food, though wine and coffee will be on sale.

Cost: From R375pp, book online via Quicket.

When: 1 March, Gates open at 4pm for 7.30-10.30pm
Where: Vergelegen Wine Farm, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town

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Sweeney Todd: A tale of love, loss, murder, cannibalism, and revenge

Stephen Sondheim’s thrilling musical masterpiece, ‘Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ returns to the Mother City this March.

The ghoulish tale follows Sweeney Todd, a murderous barber, and his enterprising accomplice, Mrs. Nellie Lovett, who bakes the remains of Todd’s victims in her meat pies, then sells them. Her pie shop on Fleet Street garners great success among the unsuspecting citizens of London.

The story has captured the popular imagination since it first appeared in 1846 in a serialised penny-dreadful titled, The String of Pearls.

This new production is one of the most unique and unforgettable stagings of the much-loved musical ever seen in South Africa. It stars Marcel Meyer as Sweeney Todd and Zoë McLaughlin as Mrs. Lovett, with musical direction by Jaco Griessel and direction by Fred Abrahamse.

Cost: R380pp, book via Quicket.

When: Various dates between the 1st and 24th of March, from 8pm-10.30pm
Where: Olympia Bakery, 16 St Johns Rd, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

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Galileo Open Air Cinema: A magical movie night

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is synonymous with summer in Cape Town, offering unique entertainment for locals and tourists alike who can take advantage of the gorgeous Capetonian summers and beautiful vistas.

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is renowned for creating magical memories with great food, movie magic, entertainment and a fun social vibe all under a canopy of stars.

Arrive early to secure your spot on the lawn, hire comfy backrests and warm blankets and spend quality time eating, relaxing and socialising with family and friends.

This month’s iconic movie selections range from comedy to romance, drama to musicals, biographies and more, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Chicago, Elvis, Lord of the Rings, The Lorax, Harry Potter, and The Addams Family to name a few.

Cost: From R140pp, book via The Galileo

When: Every Wednesday – Friday of the month, doors open at 6pm | Every Saturday of the month, doors open at 5pm
Various locations including Kirstenbosch Garden and a selection of wine estates

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Secret Sunrise: A morning of silent grooving

Secret Sunrise is a silent guided dance movement aiming to increase mindfulness, wellness, and joy.

This silent-disco-type event using headphones and a DJ is held in and around Cape Town in beautiful outdoor locations including beaches, rooftops, and parks.

Their earliest March edition, Immersion Part 2, takes place bright and early at sunrise. Attendees must bring along a towel, bathing suit, comfortable clothing for moving, and something warm for after the immersion.

Cost: R50pp (children under 12) | R150pp (adults), book online via  Quicket.

When: 2 March, 6.30am for 7-8am
Where: Camps Bay Tidal Pool, Bakoven, Cape Town

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Galaxy KDay: A music adventure with top local artists

Kfm, in collaboration with Samsung, proudly present their second annual Galaxy Kday as collaborators, promising an unforgettable experience filled with music, non-stop entertainment, and a fun day for all the family.

This year’s selection of talent includes Mango Groove, Shekhinah, YoungstaCPT, Mi Casa, Sun-El Musician, Jeremy Loops, Early B and Emo Adams.

General Access ticketholders are welcome to pack a picnic and bring their friends and family to watch top local artists perform on the Galaxy KDay stage. There are fun activations by partner brands as well as food trucks and vendors with delicious food to indulge in. There is also a dedicated Kids section (U13) as well as a Chill zone with partially shaded seating, a private bar and private toilet facilities, as well as a VIP option known as the Meerendal Experience.

Cost: R160pp (Ages 2-12) | R380pp (Ages 13+) | R600pp (Meerendal Experience) | R700pp (18+ Chill Zone), book via Ticketpro.

When: 2 March, Gates open at 9 for 11am
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town

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An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall: An intimate conversation with an internationally acclaimed primatologist

Farm Sanctuary SA proudly welcomes legendary Ethologist and Conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall, to give an exclusive and intimate conversation of her life and legacy.

General admission ticketholders will be allowed to indulge in Vegan tapas for sale and a cash bar. While VIP admission includes complimentary vegan tapas, wine, signed book and photograph with Dr. Jane Goodall.

All proceeds will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute, Dr. Goodall’s global non-profit wildlife and environment conservation organization. There are very limited tickets available, so act fast to reserve your spot.

Cost: R1450 – R4950pp, book via Webtickets.

When: 2 Mar, 5pm
Where: Farm Sanctuary SA, 63 Dirkie Uys St, Franschhoek

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

British comedian, Jimmy Carr, brings his dry humour to South Africa. Carr is a household name in UK television, well known for hosting shows including ‘Big Fat Quiz of The Year’, presenting ‘Comedy Central’s Roast Battle UK’, and ‘Your Face or Mine’.

Carr has toured to over 40 different countries. His last tour, ‘Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits’, sold over 480 000 tickets globally with current show, ‘Terribly Funny’, exceeding that figure by the end of 2022.

As Jimmy’s PR takes pains to point out, his show contains jokes about all kinds of “terrible things”. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things.

The show is not suitable for under 16s.

Cost: R915 – R1 365pp, book online via Ticketmaster.

When: 3 March, 7pm
Where: Grand Arena at Grandwest, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Acacia Park, Cape Town

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Paws on the Promenade: A dog walk charity fundraiser on the Sea Point promenade

After a two-year break due to Covid-19, Paws on the Promenade is back and invites everyone to participate in this fun walk to raise funds for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.

In partnership with Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition, the event sees people and their dogs walk a 5km route along the Sea Point Promenade, starting at the lighthouse in Mouille Point.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is an NPO animal clinic in Khayelitsha township serving up to 1 500 animals per month through consultations, hospitalization, general and orthopaedic surgeries, continuous sterilisations, mobile clinics, an animal ambulance and homeless pet shelter.

A small number of homeless dogs for adoption will be at the event, and participants can ‘rent a dog’ to walk with during the event.

Cost: R50 per person, R50 per dog | R25 for kids under 12, book via Quicket.

When: 17 March, 9am
Green Point Lighthouse, 100 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town

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Jeffrey Osborne: You Should Be Mine Tour

International R&B and Soul star, Jeffrey Osborne, performs on a South African stage for the very first time.

Throughout Jeffrey Osborne’s career, he has worked with powerhouses such as Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick but has managed to make his own stamp in the music world. After five decades in the music industry, having crafted some widely popular ballads of the 70s and 80s, Osborne finally brings his musical tour to the Global South.

With a setlist including some of his most popular songs such as ‘You Should Be Mine’ (also known as the ‘Woo Woo’ song), ‘On the Wings of Love’ and ‘The Family’, the night promises nostalgia – perfect for those who love old-school music.

Cost: R450-R750 pp (dependent on seating section), book via Ticketpro.

When: 20 March, Doors open at 6pm for 7pm until midnight
GrandWest Grand Arena, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Acacia Park, Cape Town

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